5 Stained Glass Window Designs & What They Look Like

August 12, 2021

The numerous different styles of stained glass windows can seem a little confusing, especially with their similar ornate designs and bright colours. This simple guide describes the differences between the 5 most popular stained glass window styles, including Edwardian, Victorian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Bespoke stained glass windows, all of which offer unique aesthetic qualities that enhance buildings in their own ways.

Victorian Stained Glass Windows

First, we have the traditional Victorian stained glass window style. Often found in entrances, Victorian stained glass windows are defined by their borders, which conventionally incorporate a ruby red colour. There can be a combination of geometric designs and feature items such as animals or flowers.

Edwardian Stained Glass Windows

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Edwardian stained glass windows use colour to pick out distinctive features, contrasting with a white or clear background. Natural accents such as flowers and leaves were popularised and used glass in bold colours such as yellow, blue, red, and green.

Art Nouveau Stained Glass Windows

Art Nouveau stained glass windows were part of the Edwardian period but differ in that they are generally more stylised. They are perfect for those with a love of patterns inspired by natural forms such as florals and other pastoral imagery but want something a little more abstract.

Art Deco Stained Glass Windows


For contemporary art lovers, the Art Deco stained glass window combines curved and geometric lines, vibrant colours, and abstract patterns. These distinctive stained glass windows combine the classic feel of the earlier stained glass patterns with the Art Deco design movement of the early 20 century.

Bespoke Stained Glass Windows


Alternatively, stained glass windows can be designed in a new way to reflect an individual’s unique style. Bespoke stained glass windows are diverse and the options are almost limitless, and some examples of our work creating personalised stained glass can be seen on our online gallery.

At Sherriff Stained Glass Specialists in Wimborne, we offer a range of stained glass window services across the UK. We are happy to create and install windows for you whether you’re feeling inspired by the classic Edwardian stained glass window or want one designed bespoke. To add a special touch to your home, contact us today to start your journey with stained glass window specialists with 25 years of experience. Alternatively, give us a call on 01202 882208 for a friendly chat to find out more.

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